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Arkansas Baseball Hosts Illinois-Chicago This

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Arkansas Baseball Hosts Illinois-Chicago This

Quick Facts

Series: Arkansas leads 3-0.

Game Times:
Friday – 3:05 p.m.
Saturday – 12:05 p.m.
Sunday – 1:05 p.m.

Last Meeting: The Razorbacks swept a three-game series from the Flames at Baum Stadium in 2003. Arkansas won game one 8-7, game two 6-4 and game three 13-2.

Rankings: Neither team is ranked.

Head Coaches
Arkansas
Dave Van Horn (Arkansas, 1988) is in his second season as head coach of the Razorbacks. Van Horn has a career record of 631-267 overall and 46-27 at Arkansas and is in his 16th season as a head coach.

Illinois-Chicago
Mike Dee is in his fifth season as a head coach, all at UIC. He has a career record of 167-121.

Noting the Razorbacks
The Razorbacks have lost two straight and three of their last four games. . . .The series loss to Texas-Pan American marked the first non-conference road series sweep against the Razorbacks since Texas-San Antonio swept three from Arkansas on Feb. 9-11, 2001. . . .The non-conference series loss was the first for Arkansas since being swept two games by SEMO on May 14-15, 2002. . . . .Senior Haas Pratt has recorded a hit in a career-best 13 consecutive games. . . .Should Pratt get a hit in his next game he will equal Clay Goodwin’s 14-game hitting streak from 2003. . . .Pratt has driven in a run in six of the last seven games and has nine RBI total in that span. . . .Arkansas’ two and three hole hitters are hitting .235 and .242 respectively. . . .Arkansas relief pitchers have inherited 15 base runners and allowed only five to score this season. . . .Arkansas starting pitchers have a 2.91 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 74.1 IP and have allowed 38 runs, 24 earned, on 68 hits this season. . . .By comparison, the Arkansas bullpen has a 2.30 ERA in 66.2 IP with 52 strikeouts, 27 runs, 17 earned on 64 hits. . . .The Razorbacks are hitting .303 (66-for-218) with runners in scoring position while holding opponents to a .196 average.

Time Change for Illinois-Chicago
The Saturday, March 13, game against Illinois-Chicago has been moved to a 12:05 p.m. start time to avoid conflict with the NCAA Indoor Track Championships. The game was scheduled to begin at 2:05 p.m.

Goodwin Out 3-4 Weeks
Junior 3B/1B Clay Goodwin will be sidelined three to four weeks after having surgery to repair the hook of the hamate bone in his right hand. Goodwin injured the hand while checking a swing in Arkansas’ 9-7 loss to Texas A&M Feb. 29. Goodwin is scheduled to have the stitches removed from the surgery next Monday and will be reevaluated.

Rough Stretch
The last five games have been rough on the Razorbacks. Arkansas is 2-3 in those games and have made 18 errors (.913 fielding percentage). The Razorbacks are hitting just .248 in that stretch with only nine extra base hits (eight doubles, one home run). The Razorbacks have posted a .394 on-base percentage in those five games and have whiffed 37 times.

No Help
Despite having a 1.59 ERA in four starts, LHP Clint Brannon doesn’t have the record to back it up. Brannon is 0-1 with three no decisions. One reason has been the errors committed by the Razorbacks. In Brannon’s four starts the Hogs have made 13 errors (.920 fielding percentage) which have led to 13 unearned runs. In his 17.0 IP Brannon has yielded 13 runs with only three of those earned. Brannon has also struck out 12 batters and held opponents to a .250 batting average. Arkansas is 2-2 in Brannon’s four starts.



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